Ravine Gardens State Park, Palatka

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The first two-time Gold Medal winner honoring the nation's best state park system, the Florida Park Service is one of the largest in the country with 171 parks spanning 785,000 acres and 100 miles of sandy white beach. From swimming and diving in Florida's rivers and springs to birding and fishing or hiking and riding on natural scenic trails, Florida's state parks offer year-round outdoor activities for all ages. Battle reenactments and Native American festivals celebrate Florida's history, while art shows, museums and lighthouses offer a window into Florida's cultural heritage.

The Florida State Park System creates a sense of place and is recognized as containing the best of Florida's diverse natural and cultural heritage sustained for future generations while providing quality and appropriate resource-based recreational opportunities, interpretation and education that help visitors connect to "The Real Florida."
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  • The hiking trails are very cool. You get to see a lot of nature and lots of different scenery. The kids really enjoyed the wooden bridges and the winding trails.  more »
  • Had fun with the kids at this park. They really enjoyed the walk and especially the bridge, if I would of let them they would of walked back and forth all day. Nice nature park and a good hike to get ...  more »
  • I have been going to the ravines since we moved here in the 70's. Have seen a few changes. But that is nature for you.  more »
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  • I really wanted to give this 3 Stars because of the map./trail markings. Sorry Ravine Gardens but I find the map I had to be much to small and not well labeled and the trails themselves not well marked. Perhaps there is a more detailed map available, but the trail markings were a little unclear at a few intersections. Improving on this would be helpful. Loved the “seek and find” page. The park itself gets 5 stars - love the bridges, the Springs, the trails, the water, the Ravine, the amphitheater. The whole thing is fun, unique and truly the Real Florida.
  • We go every year in early March, and the azaleas are spectacular. This year, the drive around the perimeter of the ravine was closed due to ongoing cleanup since Hurricane Irma last fall, but you can still park and hike down into the quarter mile deep ravine. There is a stream at the bottom, walking paths and hiking trails, and a picturesque suspension bridge. Except for a few palmettos here and there you might think you're in the north Georgia mountains. A very nice community center at the entrance to the ravine has clean restrooms. There are picnic tables and pavilions there, too.
  • My wife and I took our dog there and had a great time walking the trails. The road around the park is shut down due to damage from a major storm so you can walk the road as well without worrying about cars. Also, the suspension bridges are fun to walk on, and dog approved.
  • Nice scenery and a good walking path. The suspension bridge had my son in awe. He loved it. A nice place to get away and enjoy nature for a little bit.
  • Beautiful gardens and park. Azaleas are in bloom for the moment. Ability to be able to use stairs to go down into the ravine is needed. Otherwise there are views from the top level and the road. They are still repairing some parts of the road. Call ahead to check on acess to it. There is a fee to drive into the inside parking.
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